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The oil spill from the air

See this video, which I came across on Andrew Sullivan's blog.

"Nothing but a red mass of floating goo..."

"I find myself using the words hopeless. We can't stop this...."

Meanwhile, on the deepwaterhorizonresponse website we see that the Coast Guard has posted video of the oil slick that contains absolutely no sign of any oil. What gives?

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 14, 2010; 7:58 PM ET
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I really feel ill; it just gets worse and worse.

Posted by: Yoki | May 14, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Aye, it's nasty business.

But it's organic!

Posted by: Bob-S | May 14, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

The reports of dead dolphins and other sea creatures washing ashore break my heart.

Posted by: Manon1 | May 14, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

I have to control my emotions when reading or watching just about anything having to do with this leak, it makes me so frustrated and angry. If they could cap it or control the flow it would still be horrendous but at least there would be a finite amount of oil to clean up, but not knowing when or if that will happen, the task is just not doable.

Posted by: badsneakers | May 14, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

I've felt angry and sick about this for weeks but that video really brought it home. Even Obama said at his news conference today that they don't know how much is spilling every day, just that it has to stop. How? So disheartening.

Posted by: talitha1 | May 14, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

That video mentions Ship & Horn Islands. When I was doing training in Biloxi MS (many years ago) I regularly sailed little boats (tiny boats, usually) out to Ship, Horn, & Cat Islands. They're all about 5-10 miles offshore, and all a heck of a long way from the site of the leak.

Very nasty business, this.

Posted by: Bob-S | May 14, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Yikes, we just had a major cell come through about 7:30, with hail 1 to 2 inches. Got a lot of damage to my truck (pock marks). Took out two tomato plants, a garden gazing ball, a hanging flower pot, and a hummingbird feeder, all smashed. Yard is a mess. Power just came back on after being down nearly 90 minutes. We had the candles going and two oil lamps. A neighbor said he'd gotten a call from somebody who'd seen a funnel.

I sent four pix from my cell phone to WRC Channel 4 (NBC); don't know if they'll use them or not.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | May 14, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Houma Today, the newspaper in Houma LA, has an entire page with numerous articles about how the spill is affecting the locals and the wildlife. (
I chose Houma because I used to visit there and know they're in the line of fire.
Oyster beds closed today, more birds affected, etc.

Posted by: talitha1 | May 14, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Mudge. Glad you are all okay and so sorry to hear about the damage. Take care.

Posted by: talitha1 | May 14, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Geez, Mudge, sorry about your damage...especially the tomato plants.

Posted by: Manon1 | May 14, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, that must have been a very wild storm. Glad you are okay but sorry about your truck and the tomatoes and the gazing ball :-(

Posted by: badsneakers | May 14, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure I'll end up feeling silly for saying this, but I'd take that leak-flow estimate (70,000 bbl/day) mentioned in Sullivan's blog with a grain of salt.

That papers out to nearly a barrel per second, and while I wholeheartedly believe that the 5,000 bbl/day estimate that's been bandied about is an optimistically low guesstimate, the fact that the oil's coming out of a 9-inch pipe feeding into a 21-inch riser means that a lot of the visual flow isn't oil.

Whatever the number is, it's way too much.

Posted by: Bob-S | May 14, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Manon, how is your granddaughter doing?
And you and the family?

Posted by: talitha1 | May 14, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

That video is ugly and horrifying. But hopeless? I hate that word, for it is an excuse for inaction.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | May 14, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Talitha, I haven't heard anything today. I'm assuming that no news is good news. The docs were successful in removing the large clot which will speed up her recovery. The last news I had was all good.

Posted by: Manon1 | May 14, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Hail sux! I've been caught outside twice (once while riding a motorcycle!) during 1-2" poundings. It's awful. I'm very glad Mudge & his folks are OK, and hope that the damage is no worse than what you've already noted.

The folks in Houma might be nervous to know that they were mentioned at the same time we were talking about apocalyptic weather. They have some unpleasant history with that themselves.

Posted by: Bob-S | May 14, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Gotta say, I was not rooting for the Flyers on that one.

Vive Les Glorieux!

Posted by: Bob-S | May 14, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

It's BS...that's what gives. And it sucks.

Posted by: Windy3 | May 14, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

I can't imagine anybody in the Boston organization is happy about getting bounced from the playoffs after a goal scored on the power play for "too many men."

Gotta learn how to count those men!

Posted by: Bob-S | May 14, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Manon, I'm glad to hear your report.

You're right about Houma, Bob-S. I'll send a no-jinx their way. I've taken up the habit of checking out small Gulf coast papers since my mom's down there. I just like small newspapers in general, to be honest.

Posted by: talitha1 | May 14, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

That video is so hard to watch.

Sad night for dmdspouse, once again his Bruins have snatched defeat from the hands of glory. I am a life long Habs fan, he the Bruins, I snickered a great deal as they replayed the too many men call from the series against the Habs.

Hope everyone in the storms way is safe.

Posted by: dmd3 | May 14, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

dmd, didn't watch the game but "S" saw parts of it in between entertaining grandchildren and he said that the Bruins deserved to lose after blowing both a three game lead and a three goal lead. I agree with that. Good luck to the remaining teams. Can't bring myself to root for les Habs however, I'm not much of a hockey fan, but rooting for an 'arch enemy' is too much to ask of me ;-)

Posted by: badsneakers | May 14, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

RD, I agree about the "hopeless" comment, but at least in context he wasn't saying that stopping the flow is hopeless, but that we can't realistically hope for the oil never to reach shore and do damage.

Posted by: -bia- | May 14, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

The Post story by Fahrenthold and Eilperin seems like it might be the first in the mass media to look at subsurface oil.

The Great Beyond blog has more info from today. The Pelican is still the only research vessel in the area.

I'm wondering about that oil 1,000 meters down. I don't recall the depth of the Loop Current, but it looks as though the current might pick up deep oil and transport it out into the Atlantic. Maybe our 200-300 foot deep Oculina reefs might get oiled.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | May 14, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Joel, thanks for the links. I found the first video difficult to watch. What's troubling about this whole disaster is that it's not finite. I fear we're not even at the end of the beginning here.

More troubling still is I sense that if there was a good idea waiting for us out there about how to stop this, someone would have had it already. It's not as though any party working on this problem as anything to gain by its continuance (whether that translates into a decent working relationship between said parties is another question entirely). I don't know how long this can go on but I suspect its effects will linger long enough that we won't soon be forgetting the name Deepwater Horizon.

On a happier note, the Orioles beat the heck out of the Indians tonight with J. Guthrie pitching a lovely game. Wins have been few and far between for the Os this year and it's not as often as I like I get to sit and watch a game, even from afar.

Posted by: cowhand214 | May 14, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Hope ya'll stay safe down there, Curmudgeon.

In terms of hail, my most interesting moment was horseback in the middle of a thunderstorm that came out of nowhere. We were pushing cows up a steep hill when the storm came in. The hail, fortunately, was large enough to cause pain but small enough that serious damage was avoided except for some interesting bruising on the hands.

Still, not really the recommended vantage point if you wish to view a hail storm up close and personal.

Posted by: cowhand214 | May 14, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm reminded of being up around 10,500 feet, watching a hailstorm making a mess in town, down at 5,000. Why had I picked such a day to be up in the tundra?

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | May 14, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

cowhand - That was my experience in the two large-stone storms I had to slog through. There was no way I was getting out of it without pain & bruising, but I realized I was probably going to avoid any serious damage.

Of course, the brief period when I was driving through it on the motorcycle (no helmet, naturally. I was young & invincible, and it was California before they instituted a helmet law) was really, truly unpleasant & frightening.

Posted by: Bob-S | May 14, 2010 11:59 PM | Report abuse

Gosh, golf-ball hail is no joke. I was up in the ranching country as a teenager, tending to the pastured horses, when a storm hit. I was lucky that I was wearing a jacket that I could hold over my head, but one of the other pokes had his scalp split by a direct hit.

Later on, in both Montreal and Calgary, neighbours had their windows and windshields broken, paint stripped off cars, and their (and our) gardens completely mulched. One storm hit July 1, and nothing at all grew that summer.

Posted by: Yoki | May 15, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

the ground fog that follows large deposits of hail is always strange. seeing the hail rising out of the top of a distant thunderhead is also strange.

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Posted by: -jack- | May 15, 2010 12:58 AM | Report abuse

Motorcycles and hail does not sound like a combination I'd want to try. Very scary.

In my situation I was lucky to be wearing hat, duster, and chaps. Anything less would have been exquisitely uncomfortable if not actually dangerous. As you point out though, there's nothing for it but to slog through.

Posted by: cowhand214 | May 15, 2010 1:00 AM | Report abuse

I scared the crap out of the woman who was tending the gas station/store where I sought temporary shelter from the hail when I was on the motorcycle. I went in to ask if it was OK if I kept the motorcycle under the roof over the pumps until the storm passed, and she nearly fainted at the sight of me.

I'd been riding through it for five-ten minutes, and was pretty beat up. Lots of nasty bruises already coming up, and a couple of small cuts on my head had spread some scary-looking blood stains around most of my upper body. But after the first couple of solid hits, I'd been pretty sure that as long as I protected my eyes, I'd be all right.

Of course, protecting your eyes (when you're not wearing a helmet) and seeing where you're riding are somewhat mutually exclusive. It's a delicate balance.

Posted by: Bob-S | May 15, 2010 1:11 AM | Report abuse

went to the relay for life tonight, placing 7 luminaria for family and friends: 6 in memory, including EF, one in houour of my youngest bro who survives prostate cancer. three years ago, there was only one for my Dad. i passed on laps about the track to reflect, and rejoice for those who non longer have a broken body. a rather melancholy time.

Posted by: -jack- | May 15, 2010 1:15 AM | Report abuse

j, m & j, bob. i've had a bee in my helmet, but have never been caught helmetless. rain is bad enough, but hail without protection?!? *oy*

Posted by: -jack- | May 15, 2010 1:28 AM | Report abuse

jack - Nicely done. Bittersweet memories aren't all bad.

Posted by: Bob-S | May 15, 2010 1:40 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone remember how long the media abused Bush over Katrina? This spill has been going on for almost a month with no end in sight. But is Obama getting any heat?

I guess stuff like this doesn't happen too often in his homeland.

Posted by: Everwatchful | May 15, 2010 5:34 AM | Report abuse

Ummmmm... Nope, no Front Page Alert.

And I don't recall any oil derricks in Hawaii, no.

Very glad your power's back, 'Mudge, and that the damage wasn't worse!! :-OOOO

Google's "inadvertently" collecting too much private info? I'm shocked, shocked:

And that coverage is directly contradicted by earlier reporting from Europe, where Google readily admitted the collection was part and parcel of the project. *SIGH*

*weekend-at-last-but-contemplating-the-chores-list Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | May 15, 2010 6:49 AM | Report abuse

I'd like to revise and extend my comments... Google had only admitted it was "mapping" WiFi hotspots. But still, it's quite a stretch to think they'd do that and somehow not realize they'd pick up unencrypted data. *eye roll*

Posted by: Scottynuke | May 15, 2010 6:52 AM | Report abuse

BP is putting out counter videos as if to say, "Are you going to believe us or your own lying eyes?"

Posted by: yellojkt | May 15, 2010 7:18 AM | Report abuse

yello, is that BP's version of trolling?
Or something, it's early.

Morning, y'all
Scottynuke, I checked for Front Page Alert, too. *shrug* Makes ya wonder who's out there watching, other than Google, Facebook and the usual suspects.

jack, I want to thank you for your participation in the relay. I like to think your luminaria also silently represent my dad and maternal grandparents, if you don't mind. Thanks also for the Neil Young, which was my first music of the day.

Posted by: talitha1 | May 15, 2010 7:35 AM | Report abuse

I'm confused as to what is, and is not, being done right now to contain this spill. I have read conflicted reports about this "tophat" being lowered, and some about this "insertion tube" being attempted yesterday, but I can't find any discussion of if this happened.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | May 15, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse

Good morning all.

Manon, Cassandra - sending Boodle mojo for all of you and yours today.

Mudge, glad you & the Mrs. are OK. We had very little of that weather out my way - a short but intense cloudburst with some BB-sized hail mixed in.

That video is sad, but pretty much what I expected. Heard something on the radio this AM about inserting a pipe into directly into the well and pump it directly up to a ship -- anyone else hear about that?

Heard about the young lady who sailed solo around the world and more about attempts in European countries to ban veils in public, which seems to be aimed squarely at tradtional Islamic women.

It is a strange, mixed-up, tragic, and wonderful world we live in, isn't it?

Have a good day, folks, I'm off to get some work done.


Posted by: -bc- | May 15, 2010 8:05 AM | Report abuse

The deepwaterhorizonresponse site isn't saying anything useful except that the EPA has approved the underwater deployment of massive amounts of dispersant.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | May 15, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

RD, I just did a search using "gulf oil spill" and came up with reports on various aspects of cleanup efforts. Nothing newer than 17 hours ago and nothing new about the 'top hat' or the 'hose pump insertion' methods. I had read about those and wondered why nothing else has been reported.

I did see where Transocean met behind closed doors in Zurich and issued dividend raises to stockholders. A total of a million$ to all, but it's certainly a tone deaf message.

Posted by: talitha1 | May 15, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

AP has an article talking about the insertion tube. What happened to the top-hat?

I am very disappointed that the deepwater horizon response site isn't posting some kind of near-real time updates.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | May 15, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the AP link, RD.

After reading it I did a search on the dispersant Corexit that's being used underwater. Though quantities used so far vary depending on the report, it's around 500,000 gallons. Corexit is manufactured by Nalco, which used to be owned by Exxon and whose current leadership included Exxon and BP executives. So they're keeping it 'in house'.

EPA has approved Corexit among 17 other dispersants, ranking it above competitors in toxicity and below in effectiveness.

Hope I'm not being redundant in stating things boodlers already know.

Posted by: talitha1 | May 15, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

BCC: includes Exxon and BP executives

Posted by: talitha1 | May 15, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all. I'm still waiting for news that they've got a handle on this mess. On my trip to Atlanta, we passed on the BP station and went to the Citgo.

Posted by: slyness | May 15, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

My dad boycotts Citgo because it is owned by Venezuela. What happens when we run out of oil companies to buy from? Because there are so many non-evil ones out there.

Posted by: yellojkt | May 15, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

The AP link is instructive of the BigProblem with this whole mess. If you go to the Times Picayune site, there's a prophetic, brilliant interview with a very concerned Adm. Thad Allen, Commandant of the USCG and an MIT guy. When outlining the disaster he says that it is so huge he says that he can't make a mental map of it. One of the first problems is that "All of the information and all of the solutions are in the hands of the private sector." If the mile-long tube was working, we would have heard by now. Millions of gallons of oil and hundreds of gallons of Corexit 9500 (identified as a "moderate" human health hazard that can cause eye, skin or respiratory irritation with prolonged exposure) in the Gulf. Swimming, anyone? How 'bout a captain's platter of Gulf seafood?

Posted by: flynnie321 | May 15, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

I'm looking forward to my opportunity to bypass a BP station. Sadly, I doubt anyone will notice.

The NYT is reporting that the "junk shot" is the next step but that's been up since yesterday with no change.

Posted by: cowhand214 | May 15, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Good morning y'all. That video is fascinating and makes me very sad.

Looking at it I wondered whether we could just get all the boats out of there and set fire to the thing as it reached that halfway point where it became really obvious. Of course this comes from the idea that burning off might be effective and it is entirely possible I'm wrong about that. Probably, even if under other circumstances it might work, a fire would burn right up to the site, catch the plume on fire, and then we wouldn't be able to either put it out or shut it down. If only we could burn off some of it without cutting off the ability to stop it. I know burning is a very drastic step but the marine life etc is already at death's door, and death is oozing in.

All you thunderstorm people have my sympathy. Those were good hail stories. I don't have a good hail story and I don't want one. On our tornado night last Monday two people I work with had baseball-size hail come through their roofs and gardens. Their unlucky neighbors also had the hail go through their cars.

Posted by: Ivansmom | May 15, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, y'all.

Brunch on the table. Waffles, fresh fruit, hash browns, cinnamon rolls, tossed salad, quiche, juice, coffee. Guests will be here momentarily so I'll just say hi and remind everyone it's Preakness Day in Balmer.

Posted by: MsJS | May 15, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

It's clear to me that there is a big distinction between getting news about clean-up and containment efforts and getting news about efforts to stop the leak. The former is what deepwaterhorizonresponse seems to be all about. The latter seems to ooze out in fits and starts.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | May 15, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

RD, check!

MsJS, I have guests this weekend as well. A bunch of hungry and hilarious fiddlers, bones players and fifers. Busy, busy, busy. Hope to find time to watch the running for the Black-eyed Susans myself.

Posted by: talitha1 | May 15, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

My neighbor Bud passed away.

His old pickin' pals played right there at graveside. Good for them.

Posted by: Jumper1 | May 15, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

I think they have been doing controlled burns. The news of the underwater thermals and jets is what is really scary now. That gives the oil a path into other ecosystems that can't necessarily be tracked.

I keep getting the vibe that the oil leak is far worse than anyone is letting on. There is quickly becoming a loss of transparency that is disconcerting. We need more government updates, more independent reporting, and more on-the-scene observation. Why aren't news organizations pooling resources to have 24/7 aerial coverage? Why is there no reporting directly from the clean-up site?

It's starting to reek of cover-up, which smells a lot like raw crude oil.

Posted by: yellojkt | May 15, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Jumper, is that the neighbor you spoke of a couple of weeks ago who had the stroke?
I'm so sorry, my condolences.

Mandolins and old friends to send him on his way. Very appropriate to award his wings.

Posted by: talitha1 | May 15, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Very sad to hear of the death of your neighbor but what a wonderful tribute.

Having been to a couple of Indigo Girls concerts, I know that the mandolin is still alive and well.

Posted by: yellojkt | May 15, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

You know, initially this spate of Chinese incidents where adults are going on murderous rampages against schoolchildren made no sense to me.

But today's article - -
makes it a bit clearer.

You see, according to Li Zhenfeng, a deputy Hanzhong police chief, Wu Huanming (the attacker who barged into a kindergarten in northern China with a cleaver Wednesday morning) had leased the school to the school's administrator, Wu Hongying.

Wu Huanming had shown signs of depression and psychosis for some time as a result of worsening illnesses, including diabetes and an inflamed prostate, and believed Wu Hongying had cast a spell on him preventing his recovery.

It seems to me that if spellcasting is involved, then you gotta take whatever measures you deem necessary. Although I'd still caution against the murder of innocent bystanders whenever possible. If you can be sure they're innocent. Sometimes they all look alike.

At any rate, you'll be pleased to know that police will open fire without mercy on any future school attackers because, "Being tolerant of this kind of crazy criminal behavior is a crime and is irresponsible to millions of people," according to Wu Heping, a spokesman for the Public Security Ministry who is not known to be particularly closely related to Wu Huanming or Wu Hongying.

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Posted by: RD_Padouk | May 15, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Snag, indeed. I was going to make a snide remark about fitting a square peg into . . . well, jokes aren't appropriate.
(sorry for the ellipses)

Jumper, one of the musicians camping here this weekend plays mandolin. I just had him play 'Ashokan's Farewell' in honor of your friend.

Posted by: talitha1 | May 15, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

More BS from BP on the BigProblem - "We can't tell you what the snag with the 6" tube is because we need to take our time to fix it." and "We can't measure how big the spill is because we need to concentrate on fixing it." It's time to send in government personnel to observe and report exactly what's going on, instead of this spoon-feeding from BigOil.

Posted by: flynnie321 | May 15, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

WHY IS THE INTERIOR SECRETARY - AND I LIKE SALAZAR- DECLINING TO OFFER FURTHER INFORMATION? WHY ARE WE LETTING BP GET BY WITH "SCANT DETAILS"? IT'S OUR GULF! WE HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON! 'There was a problem. They had to reconfigure. They are back down again ... trying to get it inserted,'' he told reporters during a briefing at a bird rescue facility in Louisiana, declining to offer further information.

BP has offered scant details of its progress in trying to thread the 6-inch tube into the 21-inch pipe spewing oil from the ocean floor. Company spokesmen said technicians are continuing the methodical work that began early Friday of using joysticks to guide the deep-sea robots that are manipulating the contraption. They wouldn't elaborate on Salazar's report.

''We've never done such operations before and we need to take our time to get it right,'' spokesman Jon Pack said in an e-mail Saturday after Salazar's comments.

Posted by: flynnie321 | May 15, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Now AP is reporting that BP "expects" to have things working tonight.

Forgive me for being a bit skeptical.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | May 15, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

I kinda finished my other story (20 ano). A rough draft. I think my problem may have been epic..I wanted a long story or poem. the story would have been an epic 'what if history'. the poem would have been just really long.

I think I caught it shortly.

Maybe when I'm an ancient curmudgeon (wink) I'll have the knowledge and wisdom to write the long version.

In other news, I've discovered the perfect pickup line to get a woman's e-mail address. Unfortunately it only works on married women with young kids

Back to the easel

Posted by: omni3 | May 15, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Alternative history fiction, Omni?

Sometimes writing poems long works-- for first drafts, anyway, but if there's a solid story (singular), you made the right choice.

Glad you're in the writing harness and pulling hard. Spmebody has to be the literary clydesdale around here, and I'm not feeling my oats at the moment.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | May 15, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Blue skies and warm lawns
Garden time for gnomes and dogs
Or just cloud watching


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | May 15, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

I think the only thing a burn accomplishes is a preventive against the oil reaching beaches and marshes. But aren't the byproducts of burn off just as toxic?

Posted by: omni3 | May 15, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

I love you all, and you Wilbrod, my fave garedner...\\Check your in box

Posted by: omni3 | May 15, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Omni, I am curious to see how the oil spill will affect cloud and hurricane formation and migration in the Gulf this year.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | May 15, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Brunch was dee-lite-full, the guests left happy, the dishwasher is hummin', and I'm heading for a nap.

I just had a chance to view the video in the kit.

"I was horrified when I looked and saw how many boats there were on the horizon that didn’t seem to be doing anything at all that was effective.
"We counted 30 boats in the pictures, all floating around while this stuff was headed for shore. Nobody seemed to be able to do anything about it."
--John L. Wathan

So, Mr. A, my questions for BP and the gummint and the media are:
-What are all those boats doing out there?
-The video was shot a week ago. Are those boats still out there?
-Have any flyovers been done since to see if the tar balls, oil slick, etc. are showing up in other areas?
-If any of the boats have returned to shore, have any of the crew members been interviewed? What is their perspective of the situation? I can appreciate they may not be allowed to speak to the media, but since when has that stopped good investigative journalism?

Posted by: MsJS | May 15, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

SCC: But am not sure how to fix that

Posted by: omni3 | May 15, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Joel has a 4:20 story on BP's continuing efforts to connect a pipe directly to the source. Should be nice, if it works.

For what it's worth, the University of Chicago Press (and the University of New South Wales Press) have published a book on fishes of the open ocean, aimed at the general public. Illustrations are by Guy Harvey, whose fish tee shirts are enormously popular, at least in Florida.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | May 15, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Thanks to Joel for offering the best explanation thus far with the scant information made available by our corporate masters.

Posted by: flynnie321 | May 15, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

"Ashokan Farewell" on Mandolin. forgive the girls slight out of tune, I actually think it makes it more

The most famous recording is for violin and piano, but I think it is a perfect tune for Mandolin

Posted by: omni3 | May 15, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrodog had it made. *wink*

omni, twenty-five years ago your eyes might have alighted on me. All I've got to offer now is the hope of buying your published work and the music you send in links here that touch my heart.

MsJS, as you head for your nap, I echo your questions.

Posted by: talitha1 | May 15, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

I guess, now that I reflect, twenty-five years ago, omni's eyes were alighting on childhood. My ooooppps.

Posted by: talitha1 | May 15, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

And nobody writes like this anymore

I've got salty drops

Posted by: omni3 | May 15, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

talitha, you are so hot, you're making me blush

Posted by: omni3 | May 15, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

I'm *ablushin* so much I may read only dry scientific factoids for a week.

Y'all wish.

The musicians are still out on the campground and I can watch the horses race.

Posted by: talitha1 | May 15, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Well that moans. I was all set to listen to again and it decided to reload and reload and seems to be stuck in a loop. and another tune is taking forever and more to load at all

A YouTube VEVO something, any one else have trouble with VEVO

Posted by: omni3 | May 15, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

I've got hiccups again. there is only one thing worse than hiccups and burping at the same time

Posted by: omni3 | May 15, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

I'd rather sit on Fed'ral Hill with some crabs and mussels from da' Cross St. Market than be in the infield up off tha' Jones Falls 'spressway.

Posted by: talitha1 | May 15, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Para tu talitha.

'por amarte asi' I think it means 'to love you thus'

Am still waiting for it to load. let me know if it is also slow for you...

Posted by: omni3 | May 15, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Para tu talitha.

'por amarte asi' I think it means 'to love you thus'

Am still waiting for it to load. let me know if it is also slow for you...

Posted by: omni3 | May 15, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

My status bar is flashing back and forth between facebook and twitter. back and forth. and then it says.......stopped.

stopped what???

Yeah, that ...... grief, not good

Posted by: omni3 | May 15, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

and they're off!

catch up with the link later with you, omni!

Posted by: talitha1 | May 15, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Lookin at Lucky!

Posted by: talitha1 | May 15, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Steamed mussels and crabs yield to steaks and burgers on the grill. The boys are back from the reenactments and getting ready to play for the military ball tonight. Played their fingers and lips off apparently and their ladies are corseting up as I type. Mercy!

Posted by: talitha1 | May 15, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

7-11 exacta,i bet there was some money made off of that one......

Posted by: greenwithenvy | May 15, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Horses don't bet on people.
Horses have too much sense.

First two lines from a Kay Kaiser song. Though I'm not quite that old, I know it from my parents' old 78rpms. His recordings also popularized "praise the lord and pass the ammunition", so I'm not a major fan.

Posted by: talitha1 | May 15, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Joel's article this afternoon was excellent, and an outstanding tonic for what was ailing me. The lesson, I guess, is that with some patience quality reporting will reveal the truth.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | May 15, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Waitin' and prayin'. Please, God let it work!

Posted by: flynnie321 | May 15, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad they used the word "siphon" for the headline/link of Joel's piece on, though I don't think it actully appears in the article.

"The 'riser insertion' tactic, which gained support from BP engineers only in recent days, is akin to inserting one straw into another straw."

The idea of a mile-long catheter would have made me a little queasy. Not even going to get into use of the word "tool" there either...

Seriously, I'd be interested in in seeing a diagram of exactly what they're doing with this method.


Posted by: -bc- | May 15, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

bc - here's the official diagram in pdf format.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | May 15, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

*quiet descending*

Thanks for the article, Mr. A. You are a reliable guide through the quagmire as it deepens.

Apologies to all for the afternoon silliness.

bc, I think many of the techniques being tested allude to queasiness or worse. I'm also prone to double entendre but have tried to refrain.

Thanks for the diagram, RD. Thanks for the music, omni.

Posted by: talitha1 | May 15, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

NOAA and some independent scientists come through!

Scientists are finding enormous oil plumes in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, including one as large as 10 miles long, 3 miles wide and 300 feet thick. . . .a "shocking amount of oil." Oxygen levels depleted by 30% leading to the threat of a huge dead zone.

Posted by: flynnie321 | May 15, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

The NY Times, quite a bit after the Post, has its own story on Deep Horizon oil well below the surface.

They have info from the research vessel Pelican, which we've been hearing from thanks to Nature magazine's "Great Beyond" blog.

The story notes that the Pelican is seeking federal funds to resume work. I trust that NOAA administrator Jane Lubchenko is working on that.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | May 15, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Ah, thanks for that diagram, RD.

I appreciate ths simplicity of this insertion tube method, though I can see a lot of challenges that implementing it would present.

For example, I don't know how much force it will take for the insertion of the tube and the diaphragms against the oil and gas coming out of it, particularly as the pressure builds against the seals (which appear to be designed to allow some flow arround the edges as well as to accomodate the drill pipe). Keeping it in place under increasing pressure in the riser will be interesting, too. I imagine they considered some sort of a locking/inflatable collar between the diaphragms to help the seals and to hold the tube in place, but making that work a mile under water at 2000 psi, would likely be a pretty significant technical challenge in itself. Rubber or some rubber-like material makes sense


Posted by: -bc- | May 15, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Why do I find myself relieved that bc was talking about oil wells?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | May 15, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

The latest from Joel (Who must certainly have blistas on his fingas by now):

A very sophisticated article that covers a lot of interesting area. Not the least of which is our tendency to favor cute animals when evaluating ecological impact.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | May 15, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

15 years in Merlin and I've never been to Preakness. I'm a very bad Bawlmoron.

Posted by: yellojkt | May 15, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

talitha1, "praise the Lord and pass the ammunition" was a WAR tune. Not quite "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," but close.

There was also "Right in Der Fuehrer's face" by spike Jones and the City Slickers, with the famous lines "Not to love Der Fuehrer, is a great disgrace. So we HEIL! ... HEIL! Right in Der Fuhrer's face."

WWII (the big one) didn't have good songs the way WWI did.

Posted by: nellie4 | May 15, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

The NYT story reporting on the huge swaths of oil also briefly discusses oxygen depletion that is taking place possibly because oil-eating bacteria are burning through the oxygen to fuel their own energy.....
So I guess that means if/when other creatures in the ocean begin to die from exposure to the oil the oxygen depletion will just get that much worse because their decomposition will burn up even more and more oxygen?

Posted by: AgAnnie | May 15, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

SNL's opener says the new plan is "Dolphins with Mops".

Posted by: talitha1 | May 15, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

nellie, I wouldn't be sure about discounting the war songs from any era.

In my house we love 'Nellie Bly', 'Tenting Tonight' and 'Bonnie Blue Flag', among others of that timeframe.

Good Morning VietNam didn't have a bad soundtrack either.

Posted by: talitha1 | May 15, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Deep Horizon oil may be entering the Loop Current, beginning a journey to the Atlantic:

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | May 15, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

Better link to the PB Post:

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | May 15, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Dave, many thanks for the links.
Right now Tom Petty is rocking SNL, the only act redeeming tonight's show.

Posted by: talitha1 | May 16, 2010 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Never apologize for ellipses, parentheses, or feces. They are here for a reason.

Posted by: Bob-S | May 16, 2010 12:23 AM | Report abuse

I have occasionally noted poor placement of each. Get it right, dammit!

Posted by: Bob-S | May 16, 2010 12:30 AM | Report abuse

Hi AgAnnie!

Posted by: Yoki | May 16, 2010 12:40 AM | Report abuse

Get what right, Bob?
You're scaring me.

btw, I plan on reading your long post from earlier today when I have ten minutes of peace tomorrow. If I can Yang the Yin of it. ;)

Posted by: talitha1 | May 16, 2010 1:02 AM | Report abuse

I wouldn't go out of my way to schedule reading time for any of my posts, were I you. Those that are important (and there aren't many of them) tend to be succinct.

Most of the rest are intended mostly to amuse me. (Sigh... I'm not proud of this.)

Posted by: Bob-S | May 16, 2010 1:13 AM | Report abuse

Aaah, forgot to mention - The crawfish feast earlier today was awesome! We went through over a hundred pounds of them. They wuz live from Louisiana, and not a hint of oil on 'em.

Posted by: Bob-S | May 16, 2010 1:26 AM | Report abuse

Pshaw and kafoodle!
I saved that one especially and look forward to it.

One of my favorite pastimes is backboodling and/or connecting to links from you all. I actually keep a notebook with my own shorthand reminders. Grocery lists are not allowed near it.

Posted by: talitha1 | May 16, 2010 1:28 AM | Report abuse

I'm not using "live" in some metaphorical manner. The little bastards were still chittering, snipping, and snapping.

Posted by: Bob-S | May 16, 2010 1:29 AM | Report abuse

I'll tell you this: Keeping track of the recipes tossed out here is a very good idea.

Whatever else one thinks about the self-involved navel-gazing practiced by all of the mindless Achen-butt kissers here - they really can cook!

Posted by: Bob-S | May 16, 2010 1:41 AM | Report abuse

I put my son back on a plane to ATL at one today. About an hour ago he pasted this to his Facebook:

[Son of yellojkt] has blue hair.

I guess he knew better than to come home with blue hair.

Posted by: yellojkt | May 16, 2010 1:42 AM | Report abuse

yello - That's "The A.T.L.", man.

Posted by: Bob-S | May 16, 2010 1:44 AM | Report abuse

Oh lordy, yello.

talitha's son dyed his Norwegian blond hair blue at fifteen, then shaved it off and it grew in brown. I've been in mourning ever since. ;0 I truly sympathize.

Posted by: talitha1 | May 16, 2010 1:47 AM | Report abuse

OK, OK - Is it even theoretically possible that shaving blond hair (whether dyed blue or not) can cause it to grow back brown?

It seems probable to me that the brown hair MUST have been on the way already, but I'm willing to be convinced otherwise.

Posted by: Bob-S | May 16, 2010 1:54 AM | Report abuse

And don't get me wrong. I understand that sometimes changes are permanent.

Once the boys have seen Paris, it really IS hard for them to be satisfied back on the farm.

Posted by: Bob-S | May 16, 2010 1:58 AM | Report abuse

Of course, that was 18 years ago and love grows exponentially through the years. Sure miss that beautious baby boy sometimes though.

Bob, I've created a special section in my notebook for boodle recipes and another for omni and others' music links. Wilbrodog's haiku have a bone-shaped bookmark.

Goodnight to all.

Posted by: talitha1 | May 16, 2010 1:59 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: omni3 | May 16, 2010 2:04 AM | Report abuse

Yes, it grew back brown. Only after lots of exposure to sun do the blond highlights appear. He said that it got fairly light over the span of a few months in Africa while on a film set a few years ago. Which I'd seen it.

Night, again.

Posted by: talitha1 | May 16, 2010 2:06 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Yoki | May 16, 2010 2:16 AM | Report abuse

Yoki, the Saint Veronica video is beautifully disturbing, the music new to me. Images of yarn unraveling and leaving home. Wow and thanks.

Posted by: talitha1 | May 16, 2010 2:35 AM | Report abuse

Exacty, talitha. Thank you. Thank you.

Posted by: Yoki | May 16, 2010 2:47 AM | Report abuse

Sometimes I wish I was better at separating wheat from chaff. But not really, because getting itchy has helped make me the cranky fruitcase that I am today.

Anyway, I know that it's boring, but I like Moby's "Natural Blues".

Posted by: Bob-S | May 16, 2010 2:54 AM | Report abuse

I am chaff! Good for me.

Posted by: Yoki | May 16, 2010 3:00 AM | Report abuse

Sort of bran-like. Hee hee.

Posted by: Yoki | May 16, 2010 3:11 AM | Report abuse

Sort of bran-like. Hee hee.

Posted by: Yoki | May 16, 2010 3:11 AM | Report abuse

Me = indiscriminate chaff-eater.

You (all) = discerning consumer(s) of art.

Posted by: Bob-S | May 16, 2010 3:23 AM | Report abuse

I know (some of) my limitations.

Posted by: Bob-S | May 16, 2010 3:24 AM | Report abuse

So, it hurts so good!

Posted by: Yoki | May 16, 2010 3:38 AM | Report abuse

God loves us so much more than we can imagine through Him that died for all, Jesus Christ.

Morning, friends. I'll bet many of you, if you read the above comment, are wondering where is the love concerning the oil spill. It's still there, we just need to pray folks, pray. God loves all, wants to hear from all.

Getting ready to go to Sunday school this morning. Moving slow, the pain does not go away. The g-girl is here too, and I'm running a tad late, but wanted to stop in and say hello to everyone.

Mudge, glad you're safe. I'm going to check and see if we got any rain. It has been so hot here, and my plants are looking a little wilted. A good splash of rain would certainly help.

Manon, hope the news continues to be good.

One of the little boys at the Center lost his mom this week. Very sad, and we've had a death in my family also. I got a chance to see my dad yesterday. He seems to be ok.

Slyness, we were suppose to get the bad weather here last night. I can't hear a thing in here. Hope you are ok.

Enjoy your day, and your families, folks. Love to all.

Posted by: cmyth4u | May 16, 2010 5:58 AM | Report abuse

Hmmmmmm... As JA points out, most of the events in this case are unfolding hundreds, if not thousands, of feet below the surface of the Gulf. He also notes that very few organizations (none of them media outlets, BTW) have the technology and ability to examine, monitor and even influence these events first-hand. Those having such technology are a little busy right now. So no, I don't expect to see a lot of hurly-burly on the surface, and I would hope those who can have affect things at the source are focusing on maximizing that impact instead of feeding our curiosity. *shrug*

This article is just plain odd -- I know Colebrook, and it's SO the epitome of the quiet northern New England town...


*hoping-for-a-quiet-day-with-good-news-from-several-quarters Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | May 16, 2010 6:58 AM | Report abuse

The roses are out; enjoy them now, especially the one-season bloomers. Purple-robed Cardinal Richielieu stands guard at front while dainty New Dawn is blooming from broken wood. The two climbers -- ND and White Dawn -- were crushed and diminished in the snow and later eave-load of snow and ice. Still, they bloom on the remaining branches.

Think that Mudge can report on his hybrid tea roses....perhaps Double Delight is blooming?

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | May 16, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.

Cassandra, best to you and your family.

Bob, I'm a bit jealous of the crawfish - I love 'em. And to Joel's piece, can't help but wonder how events in the Gulf will affect that...

Enjoying the Monaco GP live this AM, Aussie Mark Webber driving his Red Bull Renault away from the field. Several plain old folks slipped over from Cannes to their yachts waiting in the harbor -- I imagine it's nice to have a boat with a helipad to simplify such matters.


Posted by: -bc- | May 16, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

'morning all. This oil leaking in he Gulf is getting really ugly. Speaking of ugly it is well worth the time to paste "Bathynomus giganteus" in an image search engine. When I read "scavenger of dead and rotten flesh on the mud floor of the gulf" I thought 'lobster'. BG is no lobster.

Off to seed Mount Sanitation with eco-turf after the Monaco race is over.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | May 16, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, y'all.

Warm muffins, coffee and OJ on the table.

I am pleased the A-blog still has its silly side. Chaos in one form or another seems to be very much with us these days, and the silliness helps balance things out.

Ditto the calls for love, peace, and support for one another.

Thank you, Mr. A, for the latest article. One small suggestion: whoever is editing your pieces tends to destroy your natural writing style and the tempo of the work is compromised as a result.

Blackhawks vs. Sharks this afternoon.

Posted by: MsJS | May 16, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all, hi Cassandra! We had a lovely little thunderstorm last evening, a moderate amount of thunder and lightning and a gentle rain. Friday night, though, we went through a monster storm on the way up the mountain. Fortunately the hail wasn't large enough to damage Mr. T's truck.

We were late getting off because a woman turned in front of the Geekdottir and messed up the front of her car, as she was on her way to meet Mr. T. I hope the insurance company won't argue with us about fixing it. The vehicle is a 98 Mitsubishi Galante and is her pride and joy. She doesn't want another car and can't afford to buy one anyway.

I'm watching the news about the Gulf from between my fingers.

Posted by: slyness | May 16, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

You know, reading the newspaper sitting on the couch with coffee really is better than on-line. And Joel's A1 article is even better the second time through. It is a very subtle article, and is a little hard to categorize. It requires some thought.

On the one hand, it talks frankly about the potential damage to hidden ecosystems, including those that lack the warm-blooded creatures that we tend to get worked up over.

On the other hand, it also implies that underwater life is robust. The mention of the "naturally occurring" oil, highlights the complexity and adaptability of this ecosystem. And the final image of the fallen platform serving as an underwater biological haven is a powerful vote of confidence.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | May 16, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse


Yep, just wanted to get that out of the way. And good luck to MsJS for her Blackhawks. I can be magnanimous until I can't .... ya know what I mean.

Celebrated a friend's 64 birthday last night -- her BD was actually in April, but this is probably the closest celebration the gang has ever done in relation to the date of her birthday. We're so proud ... But it was great fun, we got to sing "will you still need me, will you still feed me" and enjoyed copious amounts of libation and extraordinarily good food.

And that reminds me, how about at the end of the summer, we put together a "will you still need me, will you still feed me" BPH for Mudge and me (and for all the other about-to-turn or already-turned 64-year olds)? Hey, any excuse, eh?

Still waiting for the dryer (the *&&%% second time around (wishing someone would fix it) in a *different* dryer) to finish, but I have watered the plants, so I've got one task out of the way.

The sun appears to be playing peek-a-boo this morning, but I'm going out later, so I hope I won't be rained on suddenly. The left over errands from yesterday await.

Enjoy your day, all. Will check in later.

Posted by: -ftb- | May 16, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

From Joel's piece: "In total darkness at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico lives a creature with many scuttling legs and two wiggling antennae that jut from a pinched, space-alien face. It is the isopod, Bathynomus giganteus, a scavenger of dead and rotten flesh on the mud floor of the gulf."

BG sounds delicious to me.

s_d, I watched Monaco too, and was wondering if someone was going to try to make a pass between the time the pace car pulled in on the last lap (at the pit entry) and the finish line a few meters away. When the pace car pulled in, I saw the track lights go green, and Schumacher surprised Alonso with a pass for postion. If the race control stewards did not want passing, they should have left the yellow lights and flags out. I'm sure that's what Schumacher is arguing in front of the stewards right now -- and unforunately for Mikey, the driver's representative is Schu's old sparring partner Damon Hill. No love lost there, for sure.

Unfortunately, I put this one down to a mistake by race control.


Posted by: -bc- | May 16, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

"Bathynomus giganteus" looks like a giganteus sow bug! I probably won't ever turn over another rock in my garden.

Posted by: nellie4 | May 16, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

ftb, not to worry. Should the Habs make it to the finals I expect a lot of hockey boodlers will favor them over either the Blackhawks or the Sharks. It's a great underdog story, if nothing else.

There may not be signs of life as we understand it out amongst the galaxies, but on this planet life tends to spring up and thrive if given half a chance.

As to the dispersant chemicals, I wonder if we'd be so willing to spray them if we could actually witness their impact on plants and wildlife. That would be a tough call, given the currently available options.

I'm all for an end-of-summer BPH. If more of you lived in or near TWC, I'd call for a BPH on my balcony.

*would that make it a BBH then?*

The household cookie supply is dangerously low. Must be off to remedy the situation.

Posted by: MsJS | May 16, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

I find this pic of "Bathynomus giganteus" particularly unnerving.

But that's kind of the point. I think if they looked like, say, baby seals, people would get a bit more worked up over threats to their habitat.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | May 16, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Good morning everyone, wonderful morning here, clear blue skies and warm temps with enough breeze to keep it from getting hot.

Planters are put together (well most of them), pool cleaned, lilacs (Korean), Wisteria in bloom, rhodo just starting and peony oh so close.

Now to clean up after my planting.

Enjoy you day everyone.

Posted by: dmd3 | May 16, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

More problems with the tube insertion.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | May 16, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Les Glorieux! Habs Habs Habs Habs

Posted by: Yoki | May 16, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Another pic of Bathynomus giganteus. This specimen is about thirty inches long.

Posted by: Bob-S | May 16, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

bc, shriek -- How'd the Stark car do @ Moncao, anyway? :-)

Bob, I misread that URL the first time and for a moment, I thought we'd finally figured out where "Mr. Hockey Night in Canada" gets his fashion sense... :-)

It's always nice having the C&O towpath nearby for jogging, except when not one, but TWO freight trains keep me out on the road about a half-hour longer than expected. *shrug*

Posted by: Scottynuke | May 16, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Good news! But *how* good?

Posted by: RD_Padouk | May 16, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Apropos of nothing other than a recent conversation I had, has anyone in the past fifty years, outside the Catholic church, used the word "shrift" without its being immediately preceded by the word "short"?

Posted by: Bob-S | May 16, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Scottynuke, this wasn't the Monaco GP for Historic F1 cars that Stark entered, this was the current cars & drivers. Well, Schumacher and Barrichello excepted, of course.

RD, saw that hopeful news about the riser tube insertion (ahem); hopefully it will work as intended. Without duct tape to hold it on, of course.

And to your picture of BG - I say let's get a big steamer pot, a big tin of Old Bay, and start drawing butter. That guy's going *down.* *Urp*


Posted by: -bc- | May 16, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Man, I was *wondering* where everybody was. I suppose it didn't help that the weather is gorgeous outside. I was out doing errands, got two out of three taken care of, but my back told me that it would be wiser to take care of the third and final errand tomorrow after an appointment. I agreed.

And then I got to spend the last half hour or so paying bills.


Posted by: -ftb- | May 16, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

I swear that BG thing was the model for the Sandkings.

Posted by: yellojkt | May 16, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Too late, bc... faheeeeetas on da grill tonight... :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | May 16, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Hi ftb, yello, Scotty, bc! Am BWWH (boodling while watching hockey). I think this is one of the first Western Conference games I've seen all season. I love Mike Emrick as an announcer--I can blissfully just listen to the game and when his voice goes up an octave, I know I need to look up.

Glad you came through the hail relatively unscathed, Mudge.

Could some check whether "indiscriminate chaff-eater" is available as a boodle handle?

Have to figure out dinner soon. I have a hankering for mashed potatoes, but what else?

Posted by: Raysmom | May 16, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

*hockey* *hockey* *hockey*


Posted by: -ftb- | May 16, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

*hockey* *hockey* *hockey*


*hockey* *hockey* *hockey*

Posted by: -ftb- | May 16, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

oops -- apologies, please, for the double (sorta) post.

Posted by: -ftb- | May 16, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Hi Raysmom.

Yello, Scotty, look if youse guys are eating already, I'll just pick the BG and save the meat for later - maybe I'll do BGcakes, BG salad (BG Rolls sound good to me), or maybe a nice Lousiana BG soup or bisque. Now, let me get my Sawzall out so I can get through this carpace... and make the shards small enough to go into the soup pot.

And yello, I have no idea if GRR Martin was thinking of those things when he wrote "Sandkings," I always assumed he was thinking of army ants, termites and scorpions.

I see that some folks are suggesting that there's a lot of crude oil seeping into the Gulf naturally from deposits underneath. I can believe this, but it seems to me to be a different thing for crude to seep up through rock and sand versus being aquated (I am using that - perhaps incorrectly - as an underwater equivalent of aerated) into the seawater itself.


Posted by: -bc- | May 16, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Another One Heads Over the Rainbow - singer Ronnie James Dio passed away today:

I saw him with Sabbath on the "Heaven & Hell" tour, and several times after that with & without Tommy & Geezer. Including the infamous "Black & Blue" tour.


Posted by: -bc- | May 16, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

*happy smile*

I'm back. Didn't want to disturb the boodle this afternoon with loud noises directed at the telly.

Blackhawks take game 1, 2-1 against the Sharks.

Posted by: MsJS | May 16, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Good for you Ms. JS. I don't like the Sharks.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | May 16, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

"San Jose Sharks" is a fine name for a beach volleyball team. It works for street hockey or roller derby. But I've never been able to warm up to it as a professional ice hockey team name.

Therefore, they should lose.

Posted by: Bob-S | May 16, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

I've never given pro sports team names much thought.

Blackhawks, of course, is one of those politically incorrect names. Around here no one questions its appropriateness, or lack thereof, seriously.

And while the Univ. of Illinois had to give up its Indian head logo, the Blackhawks logo hasn't changed.

Posted by: MsJS | May 16, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

It's the end of research vessel Pelican's work in the oil spill. The order to inventory all samples on board is probably mostly a waste of time, but the Pelican is operating in an environment where every sample, every e-mail, every statement to the media will be questioned in court, not to mention the conservative media and blogosphere.

Here at home, the yard is entering into the annual Rainy Season Maniacal Growth Frenzy. Heliconias (which mostly survived the winter) are getting less tenative about sending up new shoots, a pair of 6' Chamaedorea palms are putting out their first flowers, caladiums are up, Salvia coccinea is growing fast enough to suppress competitors, orchids flowering, and the cycads (mostly Zamia, including coonties) are putting up their main annual flushes of leaves.

An individual cycad leaf is a serious piece of construction with lots of (usually) leathery leaflets, intended to last at least a couple of years. It's amazing to watch a plant sending up fifty or a hundred such leaves all at once, and fast.

Although cycads look vaguely like palms, the leaf-building process is entirely different. A palm will grow a spear, which reaches maximum length, then unfurls, exposing the young spear that will become the next leaf. Cycad leaves are like fern leaves, almost fiddleheads. Not that anyone would have cycad fiddleheads for dinner. Toxic.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | May 16, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Spoiler alert for Quantum of Solace

The Bond Girl Strawberry Fields, played by Gemma Arterton, Was killed in the movie by crude oil drowning.

I've had that song rolling around in my head for two days now.

I saw a preview for the movie Prince of Persia TODAY. Gemma is in this movie

Yesterday, I told a woman, A hostess where I had brunch, She looked very regal. Like a Princess of Persia.

I said that yesterday and saw the preview today and have had the song in my head since friday...

Today, before connecting all the dots together: I wrote a short story about synchronicity of events and place and timing and observation (OK, That's mostly crap, but I don't know what else to call it)

My head hurts

Posted by: omni3 | May 16, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

MsJS, I'm a Jets fan, not a Sharks fan.

Have you noticed the Blackhawk's feathers on the web version of the Chicago Tribune's masthead?

I've been MIA for ages now with allergy-caused bronchitis (It's been wickid this year), and then a 10-day houseguest who kept me hopping.

He's a wonderful cook, though, so he's always welcome.

I hear that there's an oil spill in the gulf. I'm hoping it's the one in Saudi Arabia.

Posted by: rickoshea11 | May 16, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | May 16, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

RIP, Dio... At least you're not the last in line anymore. *SIGH*

Posted by: Scottynuke | May 16, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

And more *SIGH* -- junk science to the fore once again:

There is ZERO biological plausibility for cell phones inducing cancer. Wrong kind of radiation, infinitesimal power levels.


Posted by: Scottynuke | May 16, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

It is just like the vaccine/autism thing, isn't it, Scotty? Both of them drive me right around the bend.

4-0 Philadelphia. I'm a sad Yoki right now.

Posted by: Yoki | May 16, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

I love studies like the one Scottynuke linked to. I particularly like that the research doesn't show anything which clearly means the researchers will need another large grant.

What amuses me more is that I cannot imagine a scenario where a study like that dramatically affects anyone's attitude toward their cell phone. I mean, can you imagine anyone going: "hey, I gotta get off now I'm about to cross the 30 minute threshold into "heavy" use and I've been holding the phone to my right ear the whole time" or (crazier still) actually forgoing the use of a cell phone?

I'm sure if there is a link eventually regulatory bodies will (in their own time) force the manufacturers to make changes deemed "safer" but as far as anyone actually changing their own *personal* behavior? I doubt it.

But definitely . . . more large grants all around!

Posted by: cowhand214 | May 16, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

I love the smell of new electronic devices warming up in the morning. The fumes they emit smell like. . .

Posted by: Jumper1 | May 16, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

From the original story I had always imagined sandkings as if they were ants, albeit eventually Phase IV sized. The Outer Limits adaptation made them more segmented and crab-like:

Posted by: yellojkt | May 16, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

BG looks like Darth Vader. Look at the eyes -- if those really are eyes.

Posted by: nellie4 | May 16, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Yello, that Outer Limits adaptation humanized the Sandkings' faces more than I would have, too. But that's just me.

Habs fans - wow, I'll send ice packs over. That one had to hurt like being an Atlanta Hawks fan last week.


Posted by: -bc- | May 16, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Hello everyone! Long time, no see. Was it the BP chairman who made the comment about the big "ocean" and the little leak?

I am wondering what the knowing persons here think of the thought that all the dispersants that are being dumped into the Gulf on the oil may be causing the gulf to turn into a large suspension of oil. It, in a way, Limits our understanding of just how much oil is in the gulf as a result of this one accident.

Further, is it possible that using the dispersants may also change the damage to living animals--as in, different groups are being affected because the ocean is just a churning mass of suspended oil.

Posted by: russianthistle | May 16, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, bc. Feeling a bit bruised.

The good thing is that the Gulf is a big place, and dispersants might mean that the parts-per-million of oil to clean don't go critical. The problem, it seems to me, is that nobody knows how much oil has been released, or exactly how it will behave. But I would much rather know that the pipe attached to the riser is in place and mitigating the release, and that dispersants are being used, than not. It is all guess-work, I guess, but that is better than nothing.

Posted by: Yoki | May 16, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

The NYT spill map slide show:

Posted by: yellojkt | May 17, 2010 6:30 AM | Report abuse

A comic strip has been channeling the boodle for material again:

Posted by: yellojkt | May 17, 2010 7:36 AM | Report abuse

I'm happy to see sanity reigning on the Boodle re: cell phone studies.

Has anyone considered using supertankers of vinegar and creating the Gulf of Vinigarette?

As Mark Knopfler once opined, "Abolish Monday mornings and Friday afternoons!"

*back-to-the-grind Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | May 17, 2010 7:37 AM | Report abuse

AND croutons.

Posted by: russianthistle | May 17, 2010 8:15 AM | Report abuse

New Kit. Shiny.

Posted by: Ivansmom | May 17, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

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